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U.N. Urges Chile to Halt Evictions of Indigenous Protesters

Tuesday, January 18th 2011 - 07:49 UTC
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Following months of protests and sit-ins surrounding ancestral land claims on Chile’s Easter Island, the United Nations has officially called on the Chilean government to help diffuse tensions. Read full article


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  • Martin_Fierro

    “The Chilean government rented nearly 90 percent of the island’s land to British sheep farmers during the latter part of the nineteenth century, disregarding indigenous groups historically on the island.”

    Granted the Brits didn't claim Easter Island and it was Chile that allowed this to happen, but if the Brits were willing to disregard indigenous groups imagine their attitude towards the Argentines on Malvinas.

    British sheep farmers: PEST, no other word to describe them.

    Jan 21st, 2011 - 06:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sergio Vega

    The Chilean Constitution forces de Gvt. to take measures to keep the order and law within the Chilean borders which inckudes the Eastern Island. The rapa nui descendants can protest and make demonstrations, which can be very justified, but if they took gvt. offices or even private properties the gvt. is compelled by the law to act to restart the order.
    The fact of being aborigen doens´t mean they can act with violence and against the law, because they are Chilean citiziens before all and have the same resposabilities and privileges that any other Chilean citizien, even they like it or not....

    Jan 23rd, 2011 - 11:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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